One first-time winner emerges
Five of six feature Bemidji Speedway winners on Sunday night had been in Victory Circle at least once earlier this summer, but one made his first trip to the place of honor to pick up his hardware.
In what was supposed to be Hall of Fame night at the track, a fine field of cars raced between raindrops and cool temperatures to ensure the card could be finished in time.
Due to the rain, Bemidji Speedway's Hall of Fame inductions will be announced next Sunday. It also will be Senior Citizen night, with all seniors getting in to the races for $5.
Two weeks remain of this year's regular-season points races, with many positions still up for grabs. The annual Paul Bunyan Stampede is scheduled for Oct. 2-3.
Tim Lavoi held off points leader Leahna Barrett to take the checkered flag. Billy Smith was third, followed by Neil Fleming and Andy Swartz.
Current point leader Bill Chaboyea held the pole position, with Lynn Johnson driving for his son, Mike, to Chaboyea's right. Chaboyea took the lead and held it for his seventh win of the year. Johnson was second, followed by Wade Schmidt, Corey Peterson and Joel Harvey.
The front wheel drive Hornets were next on track with Josh Seely-Sautbine cruising to the lead and never looking back in picking up his third feature win of the summer. Joe Doti gave him a battle early and finished second, with Don Kolkin, Andy Hanson and John Aderman trailing.
Fourth-row starter Tommy McGough held his line and picked up his second clean sweep of the summer at Bemidji. Corry VanMil, Conrad Schwin, Mike Margl and Fran Hauber rounded out the top five in a very entertaining race.
Skyler Smith picked up the victory in a 17-car race, followed by Bret Schmidt, Gary James Nelson, Rick Jacobson and Justin Jones.
Holding on through two restarts, Shane Hawkinson took the checkered flag in front of challengers Dale Lindell and Jay Kintner. Gary Nelson Jr. finished fourth and Dalton Carlson fifth.
Feature - Tim LaVoi, Leahna Barrett, Billy Smith, Neil Fleming, Andy Swartz, Becky Barrett, John Aderman
Heat 1 - B. Barrett, L. Barrett, A.Swartz, N. Fleming, T. LaVoi
Feature - Bill Chaboyea, Lynn Johnson, Wade Schmidt, Corey Peterson, Joel Harvey, Bill Beaulieu, Rick Nelson, Chad Puschinsky
Heat 1 - C. Puschinsky, B. Chaboyea, J. Harvey, C. Peterson, B. Beaulieu
Feature - Josh Seely-Sautbine, Joe Doti, Don Kolkin, Andy Hanson, John Aderman
Heat 1 - J. Doti, J. Seely-Sautbine, D. Kolkin, J. Aderman, A. Hanson
Wissota Mod Fours
Feature - Tommy McGough, Corry VanMil, Conrad Schwin, Mike Margl, Fran Hauber, Darrin Lawler, Chad Fundt, Scott Dyrdahl, Brandon Bahr, Brady LaVoi
Heat 1 - T. McGough, C. Schwin, M. Margl, B. Bahr, D. Lawler
Heat 2 - C. VanMil, D. Bucholt, S. Dyrdahl, F. Hauber, C. Fundt
Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Feature - Skyler Smith, Bret Schmidt, Gary James Nelson, Rick Jacobson, Justin Jones, Doug VanMill, Mike Bader, Chris Dudley, John Shulke
Heat 1 - R. Jacobson, J. Jones, C. Dudley, J. Shulke, J. Davis
Heat 2 - G. James Nelson, K. Perry, N. Davis, M. Bader, D. Platow
Heat 3 - S. Smith, B. Schmidt, A. Johnson, D. VanMill, T. Carlson
Wissota Super Stocks
Feature - Shane Hawkinson, Dale Lindell, Jay Kintner, Gary Nelson Jr, Dalton Carlson, Aaron Leininger, Gordie Lancaster, Scotty Messner, Keith Keena, Matt Sparby
Heat 1 - G. Lancaster, S. Messner, G. Nelson Jr, J. Davis, A. Leininger,
Heat 2 - D. Lindell, J. Kintner, D. Carlson, S. Hawkinson, M. Sparby